I am a huge Winspear fan. Her characters are richly developed and her stories usually transport the reader both geographically and psychologically. Masie is by far one of my favorite fictional characters - she is intelligent, intuitive, loving and brave.
But "Elegy" doggedly takes all the characters down paths that they don't seem meant to go. Masie, after a life of bravery and self-confidence is now this woman on a self destructive path motivated by fear of success? What? Where did that come from? Suddenly she is all about punishing herself for her success. Are we really supposed to believe that a woman trained in psychology and meditation can't work through these challenges without becoming so willfully self destructive?
Winspear's choices with Masie reminded me of the cliche male detective that is so damaged by life that they are condemned to a life of solitude because they can't make a good choice to save thier lives. Some people may find that scenario romantic - I'm shocked to see Masie drawn with those lines. I expected so much more and feel like a dear friend has been erased.
I wonder what Winspear was trying to say here.
Cassidy is a dream narrator.
No did not finish after multiple tries.
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